Las Cruces, NM to Junction, TX, Saturday the 13th March, 2010
March 13th, 2010 by susan_dyer


On Saturday the 13th of March we had breakfast at the Best Western restaurant….

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…and very soon we were on our way, still on the I-10, and crossing into Texas! 

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Outside El Paso, Texas….

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If you ignored the adobe housing in the background, you might think that you were in Hartford or New Haven, CT looking at these brick industrial buildings….

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Even these homes might be just about anywhere in New England….  Except of course that the dreary concrete walls were painted and decorated in most of the west….  just sayin’    :)  

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But before very long we were out in the vast flatness of west Texas…

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Saw it, but I have no idea what the SB stands for. 

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Horses for Abby!  :)

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These were the steps and the hill that Jim and I climbed on our way west in November. 

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Another one for Abby!  :)

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This abandoned building was out in the middle of “nowhere”, near the road to Kent and Ft Davis, Texas.

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But mostly it was mile after mile after mile of this…

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….with the occasional painted overpass…  :)

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…and the occasional home…..

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We saw a lot of these pointy hills, and I googled every description I could think of to see what they are called, but nada…  Anybody know? 

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You could sometimes see trucks and cars miles away because of the trail of dust that they left behind them as they drove along the dirt roads….

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On our way into Ft. Stockton, we saw this tableau of Native Americans riding horses.  There were no visible signs that we could see to explain the scene.

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On the other side of Ft. Stockton, we saw this group of Cavalry….  So I looked it up on Google and found this wonderful web site…


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After lunch at a Mickey D’s in Ft. Stockton, we were back on the highway….

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We soon started seeing wind turbines along the crest of the hill.  Not as many per square foot as we saw in Palm Springs (and who knows how many were on the other side of the hills) but they went for mile after mile….

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The old and the new….  Will fossil fuel be replaced by wind power?

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There has got to be a name for these.  They sort of look like the Pilot mountains of the Carolinas….

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And these hills were blasted away so that the highway could run nice and flat….

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As we got closer to a small place called Junction, Texas, we remembered the wonderful BBQ meal that we had there on our way west.  The area also got greener and more fertile, with lots of animals in the fields….

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Freshly mown hay….  in March!  :)

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By the time we pulled into Lum’s BBQ, the sun was getting low in the sky.  We had a repeat of our meal earlier in November.  I had a sausage sandwich and Jim had BBQ brisket.  All this with home made potato salad and home made lemonade.  So good.  Junction is not large enough to have a Priceline motel, but we did manage to get a nice room for the night at the Rodeway motel right off the exit to the I-10.

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We had travelled 497 miles that day, and we were beat.  The motel had free internet, so we settled in for an evening of catching up on our email and lots of sleep.  :)

4 Responses  
  • Nina writes:
    November 6th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    You covered a lot of territory that day. A friend of mine grew up in New Mexico and he mentioned the vastness of west Texas.

  • Sue writes:
    November 6th, 2010 at 1:15 am

    California, Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas all melded into one vast, but beautiful, territory of cacti, rocks, mountains and scrub brush. We know people who dread driving through it each year to get to Florida, but we love it! :)

  • Su writes:
    November 7th, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Sue, I think those are called buttes

  • Sue writes:
    November 7th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Hi Su!!
    So good to hear from you! And yes, I just looked at pictures of buttes and that is exactly what they are. :) Thank you for solving the mystery.

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